Mike Russo: The Dwek Files

While many have already seen the Mike Russo tapes showing his actions with Solomon Dwek, others have not. To make it easier to capture the spirit of the moment, MSV has encapsulated them into three short clips of Mike Russo’s  greatest hits.

This way you can share and relive the moments as you wish. Note, MSV does not say these are Mike Russo’s words. These are not mere words and the 3rd ward councilman was not meeting Solomon Dwek to discuss mere words over lunch.  He was there to do business.  And the type of business he was conducting hardly appeared to be new, even though Mike Russo was meeting someone new for the very first time in the person of Solomon Dwek.

Here’s the third of the three short clips where Mike Russo explains the political realities in Hoboken of what’s expected of a Hoboken Housing commissioner he backs. One member of the public in the City Council meeting after watching this noted HHA residents are easily exploited under such arrangements. In Mike Russo’s value system, “I do for you, you do for me.”

The only problem: Mike Russo wants to keep hanging on to the HHA seat and exploit Hoboken’s most vulnerable. He worked on Tim Occhipinti’s campaign in November and he will almost certainly be using this HHA leverage again repeating the record setting turnout of paper ballots (500 submitted!) out of the HHA at $40 a pop when Tim Occhipinti faces the election on May 10th.

Mike Russo explains how things work in the HHA. Now you know why they want to control those HHA seats so much. The conversation with Tim Occhipinti where Mike told him, “I do for you, you do for me,” was quite evident in the last City Council meeting.

Far worse, the party line prepared by the Council of No (including Councilman Nino Giacchi) of this Russo corruption problem, their coordinated complaint of “political season,” and let’s just allow the 3rd ward voters decide being the indifferent refrain. 

There was no real action urged from the Russo-Mason cabal including council members Terry Castellano, Tim Occhipinti and Nino Giacchi. They put up a toothless resolution recklessly pointing fingers everywhere and anonymously anywhere other than Mike Russo to counter the censure version publicized before the meeting by Councilwoman Carol Marsh.

The Council of No let by Mike Russo and Beth Mason along with council members Terry Castellano, Nino Giacchi and Tim Occhipinti were having none of that reasonableness.  They choose to block the introduction of Councilwoman Marsh’s resolution altogether, and push a transparently watered down version refusing to act strictly on Mike Russo’s true nature revealed in the one hour surveillance tapes.  That should tell you the contempt they hold the public at large and Hoboken, old, new and in-between.

None of the staged attacks on everyone other than Mike Russo was an accident.

On May 10th, the Hoboken public gets to weigh in on the matter.

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